More Than 200 Flood Warnings Issued As UK Hit By Storm Ciara
Storm Ciara has led to more than 200 flood warnings from the Environment Agency. In some parts of West Yorkshire, sirens have sounded to warn residents of the immediate flood risk.
Many people over in Bury, Ramsbottom and Radcliffe have been urged to evacuate their homes as the River Irwell bursts its banks.
Bury Councillor Tamoor Tariq told the Manchester Evening News: "They haven't started yet, the council are currently coordinating their plans. We are getting sandbags as things are getting worse.
"I don't have an exact time frame, but it is imminent."
Over in Leeds, certain surrounding areas have been issued a red flood warning - meaning a danger to life - leading local authorities to set off a siren to alert local residents.
Haunting footage shows sirens sounding while rain batters down on the houses in shot.
Dale Bowes, 24, who lives in the Halton borough of Cheshire, shared a video of sirens sounding and said the alarm was kept on for two minutes across the LS9 area today.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "It's absolutely some of the worst weather we've ever had. The storm this morning was really bad. At the moment, it doesn't look like the flooding is as bad as in 2007.
"The siren was put in after the flooding in 2007, because residents didn't get a warning. It's the first time I've heard it go off and it's really good to have that warning this time.
"It was really bad this morning and it looks like the river is at the highest level it's ever been. A lot of people have said they couldn't get to work because the roads were blocked by trees or floodwater."
A warning from The Environment Agency reads: "We are issuing the severe flood warning for the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge due to forecast overtopping of flood defences.
"River levels are rising rapidly due to heavy rainfall, associated with Storm Ciara. Heavy showers are expected to continue through Sunday afternoon 09/02/2020.
"The river Nidd is forecast to begin overtopping flood defences in Pateley Bridge at about 12:30 this afternoon. The river level is forecast to peak at 5.1m at 2pm on Sunday.
"This will lead to significant overtopping and may pose a danger to life."
Emergency services are taking action to ensure minimal damage ensues and residents are urged to keep an eye on the message as the situation changes.
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